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February 18, 2014

Murdered Satmar Slumlord May Have Stolen $3.6 Million, Records Show

Murdered Satmar slumlord Menachem “Max” Stark appears to have “misappropriated" more than $3.6 million from the bankruptcy of one of his properties alone – almost  twice as previously estimated.

Menachem “Max” Stark

Murdered Satmar Slumlord May Have Stolen $3.6 Million, Records Show
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com

Murdered Satmar slumlord Menachem “Max” Stark appears to have “misappropriated" more than $3.6 million from the bankruptcy of one of his properties alone – almost  twice as previously estimated Newsday reported based on federal bankruptcy court records.

Stark – who was kidnapped on the night of January 2 and murdered early the next day – and his business partner Israel “Sam” Perlmutter were operating the property under the bankruptcy.

A new trustee appointed just about the time Stark was murdered.

The $3.6 million was withdrawn from the company’s bank accounts June 1, 2011, through Dec. 31, 2013, German American Capital Corporation, said in the court filing.

Based on filings by the trustee, about $1.7 million of that $3.6 million was taken from about October 1, 2013 onward. Another company account was missing about $200,000, as well, and both accounts had almost $1.5 million in deposits that were not reported even though they were required to be.

More than one month ago, the NYPD found the van used in Stark’s kidnapping and later found Stark’s DNA inside it. Police reportedly know who owns the van and who had access to it.

Yet even though weeks have passed since the van was recovered, no arrests have been made and no suspects have been named.

A source familiar with the case previously told Newsday that police have a circumstantial case made but do not want to act until they gain more conclusive evidence.

Stark and Permutter defaulted on tens of millions of dollars in loans and allegedly owed hundreds of thousands more to contractors and suppliers.

Stark was also allegedly part of a building flipping scheme in which he would default on property loans after running the property down first. LLCs allegedly formed by his friends and relatives with Stark as a hidden silent partner would then approach the lenders and offer to buy the property at a steep discount.

Stark also allegedly operated as a loan shark, giving shot term bridge loans at high rates of interest to local businessmen.

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wait! what? he charged interest? i thought this was not allowed.

"loans at high rates of interest to local businessmen."

Someone on this blog recently expressed wonder that Satmar could afford to offer to fund yeshivot in Israel that planned to refuse government funding or that lost it. Still wondering? I'm sure Stark was generous to Satmar with the money he stole. The question that's as yet unanswered is to what extent Satmar other than his partner, Perlmutter, were in cahoots with him. Perhaps this will be like the proverbial thread which when pulled unravels the whole garment.

Well I'm glad that Judaism taught this clown to be honest in his business dealings. Better not let those menuveles bitches in the Szatmar girls schools wear makeup though.

What these followers of this sham religion are too arrogant to realize is that it's easy to "do" stuff such as keep Shabbos, put on a livush, wear a streimel, put on tefillin. These are simply actions which mean nothing in and of themselves. The real challenge in becoming a "frum" person is to deal honestly with everyone including gentiles, reform Jews, and the government. If you're a landlord or businessman, don't deal in slums or shoddy merchandise. One can hold up this camera store in New York as an example of true "frumkeit". Unfortunately, guys like this dead Stark character and the (very sporty looking) Weinstein character destroy any good done by people who are fair and decent in their behavior.

"wait! what? he charged interest? i thought this was not allowed."

The Talmud provided a myriad of exceptions when loaning to Jews, and the Torah straight up provided for interest when dealing with non-Jews.

"Unfortunately, guys like this dead Stark character and the (very sporty looking) Weinstein character destroy any good done by people who are fair and decent in their behavior."

Why??? Because this blog site refuses to report the thousands of wonderful acts performed by upright Jews throughout the world? Why does the behavior of two men negate all of that? Please explain!

What "wonderful acts" amused? All charity that the Orthodox Jewish community collects benefits ONLY Orthodox Jews. Compare "Kars For Kids" which only benefits sick children from the Jewish community (and deceives its donors by not mentioning this in their radio ads) to Salvation Army or St. Jude Hospital which freely work for all races and religions.

amused---"Why does the behavior of two men negate all of that? Please explain!"
Dont play mind games dont pretend that you dont know the answer we all see through you,this is the tragedy with youre type of thinking you know well that there are many other sites for that why does it bother you so much to report the truth i tell you why because your live in lies and deception and you cannot tolerate when someone tell you youre own faults and delusions .

Janci -- there you go again with your unintelligent gibberish. Now let someone explain why the actions of a few negate the incredible good of the many. And please, make it an intelligent response!

Why??? Because this blog site refuses to report the thousands of wonderful acts performed by upright Jews throughout the world? Why does the behavior of two men negate all of that? Please explain!

Posted by: amused | February 18, 2014 at 07:54 AM

because of the reaction of the frum community that is why. These people are still help in high esteem and given all honors as if they are holy men. Maybe if there would be some condemnation of this people these blogs would dispersal. steal give charity you are holy eat chulov stam and you are heretic

amused-- The answer is that those activities are NORMAL and not NEWS. This blog points out the negatives, so that ppl can react and be surprised, (omg that happened). If in fact some actually does something EXTRAORDINARY good (like returning a million dollars he found in a cab), it will be reported in this blog as well as others. Stop being so amused and disingenuous.

http://www.sdjewishworld.com/2014/02/15/beth-el-ponders-next-step-alleged-embezzlement/

Not to downplay theft from orthodox corners, here is the latest embezzlement to emerge in the Conservative arena.

Any chance that Scotty can weave a conspiracy that Eric Levine was one of Max Stark's consiglieres?

https://cbe.org/about-us/our-rabbis/rabbi-graubart.html

Interestingly, the spiritual leader at Beth El bears an uncanny resemblance to CNN's Anderson Cooper ("not that there's anything wrong with that"). His name is Graubart which literally translates from Yiddish as the pirate-esque "Graybeard".

amused –

You're asking a question answered long ago by halakha. Shtika k'hoda'ah, silence is equivalent to acquiescence and approval.

In this case, Stark was well-known in Satmar for his shady business dealings, but he was honored anyway.

After his murder, after his dirty laundry had been made public for all to see, the Satmar charity Bone Olam honored him posthumously. The same even also honored one of the men who tried to intimidate and out the victim of Nechmya Weberman as she was testifying.

Satmar rebbes regularly defend criminals and take large sums of money from known criminals – who they publicly honor.

The same pattern is seen in Lakewood and in other haredi communities in the US and in Israel.

At the same time, mortgage flipping and other similar scams is almost the Satmar community's national sport.

It isn't simply that a "few" haredim steal and cheat.

It is that:

1. More steal and cheat than you are willing to admit.

2. Haredi rabbis often honor those haredi criminals and help protect them from prosecution.

3. The haredi public refuses to speak out against those criminals or against the rabbis who shelter them and very often DEFENDS them.

Shtika k'hoda'ah. Silence is equivalent to acquiescence and approval.

That is what halakha – the halakha you claim to follow – says.

Okay, Stark was a crook. They guy is dead. the fact that he may have been even a bigger crook that originally thought is irrelevant and pointless unless it has bearing on solving the murder. Do you think the bank had him whacked?

Betcha his wife and kids are all lawyered up.
All that money has to be hidden somewhere and hopefully it can be clawed back. No way the wife didn't know how her happy lifestyle was funded.

Shmarya, you really are very sick and I think you might even know why. Hope, you'll share with all your readers...

Shmarya,

Your headline, and general sensationalization of this case, strains your already diminished credibility.

"Misappropriating" funds that, as technical matter, belong to Stark, subject to a "contractual" obligation to use those funds in a prescribed manner, does not equate to stealing...one is a civil breach of contract, the other a crime...

Stark could not have "stolen" this money...as it was his...again, subject to his CONTRACTUAL obligations under the loan documents.

In the United States of America, breach of contract does not constitute theft, and is not otherwise a criminal infraction.

To be clear, I am not condoning dishonest conduct, but saying that Stark may have "stolen" $3.6MM is simply inaccurate, and unduly exposes your vile underpinnings.

http://jpupdates.com/2014/02/13/several-hasidic-families-already-living-bloomingburg/

On the topic of Satmar, I hate to burst the bubble of the gang on this website who think that no Jews or dogs are allowed into whatever communities, but your high hopes of keeping Hasids out of Bloomingburg appear to be going nowhere fast.

>>>"To be clear, I am not condoning dishonest conduct, but saying that Stark may have "stolen" $3.6MM is simply inaccurate, and unduly exposes your vile underpinnings."

Posted by: Fat Free Kishka | February 18, 2014 at 11:20 AM <<<

I realize you're not a smart man or an honest man or even a kind man, but do try to process:

• The company is in BANKRUPTCY proceedings.

• The money IT has does NOT belong to Stark or Permutter – it belongs to the bankruptcy (with some small exceptions).

• Removing money from that bankruptcy without authorization from the judge may be a civil tort – but it also may be a crime, depending on the facts of the case.

• In this case, the latter appears to be the case.

A person as Stark who according to this blog was one of the biggest crooks if not the biggest should of had a long arrest sheet and yet from what we know he has no criminal record at all.

@context

Here's the difference.

The Conservative Jews will throw his butt in jail and pull his credentials as a rabbi.

Check the last half - he is an executive director, not a rabbi.

@Context:

A few Hasidim buying EXISTING houses and moving in is very different from corruptly and underhandedly bribing and subverting local government to allow a total takeover of the municipality. Nobody here advocated keeping every Hasid out of that town - there would be no way to do that under law. You should understand that perfectly well. There's a huge difference. They might be as unwelcome there as would be a family of West Virginia rednecks in Kiryas Joel however they have a right to own property that's legally acquired.

Rebitz,

I'm glad to hear that official Conservative bodies would be quick to act against improprieties in their ranks.

Surely you must mean that are other official Conservative bodies besides JTS and the Rabbinic Assembly who have been covering up for bigwigs like Joel Roth and his son Akiva.

http://www.jta.org/1993/04/05/archive/dean-of-jts-rabbinical-school-resigns-after-making-sexual-remark-to-student

Apparently you can "resign" from JTS yet still be appointed to other prestigious positions there.

http://theawarenesscenter.blogspot.com/2007/06/case-of-rabbi-tobias-gabriel.html

To relative nobodies like Tobias Gabriel that those organizations covered up for until they were forced to act by media exposure.

So we are eager to hear which valiant bodies exist in the Conservative world besides JTS & RA! Please do enlighten us!

Funny that "context," ever the asshole, uses the Roth case to try to 'prove' his point, because I broke the Akiva Roth story – not the JTA, not anyone else. Me.

But to trolls like "context," truth really doesn't matter.

Fat Free Kishka -

HA HA !!! good one. of course it's a crime to take money for yourself from funds you're temporarily overseeing just like an executor or trustee.

you must be unable to read. these weren't funds he obtained via any loan.

at least the current estimate of $3.6M is a proper multiple of chai (18). i'm sure this will be a sign of good luck.

amused--"Now let someone explain why the actions of a few negate the incredible good of the many."
I cannot beleive that you are that thick,you really think you can fool me or other bloggers here,get this through youre thick head,it is not the actions of a few it is the actions of the hassidishe world deception is their trade mark,the reason this site exists is because it is the action of of the many and nothing else.

The reason this site exists,Jancsi bacsi,so that frustrated miserable Batchi's vén bolond should have an outlet to vent their misery and blame others for their unfortunate miserable life.

"Removing money from that bankruptcy [estate] without authorization from the judge may be a civil tort – but it also may be a crime, depending on the facts of the case."

Shmarya - You are correct, it IS a crime.

Amused - If you want to report on the frum community's good deeds, start your own blog. Nobody is stopping you. Then we can all post on your blog.

+++Amused - If you want to report on the frum community's good deeds, start your own blog. Nobody is stopping you. Then we can all post on your blog.

Posted by: Feminista ++++

He started that blog years ago but hasn't yet been able to find any stories which fits that criteria.

Feminista, I asked a simple question and have yet to hear an intelligent response. A lot o anger and nastiness but nothing intelligent. Let me ask it again, why do the misdeeds of some cancel all the good done by so many?

amused –

You received a very good, halakhicly correct answer several times already.

Because the many remain silent about the misdeeds of the "few" and even willingly benefit from them.

Lest you whine that this is no answer, it is the answer given in mefarshim to justify Shimon and Levy slaughtering all the men of Schechem over the rape of their sister Dina.

I still do not believe that silence cancels out the good deeds of the many!

Fat Free Kishka--Youre full of sodium.

>>>"I still do not believe that silence cancels out the good deeds of the many!:"

Posted by: amused | February 18, 2014 at 06:24 PM <<<

Good to know that another haredi troll has openly rejected halakha.

amused---"I asked a simple question and have yet to hear an intelligent response"
The only one here who lacks intelligence is you,you have the gullibility of a goilem by defending the indefensible.

Shmarya -- and yet, when I was not silent, you chose to delete my posts!

" it is the answer given in mefarshim to justify Shimon and Levy slaughtering all the men of Schechem over the rape of their sister Dina"

While it is true that it is wrong to be silent in the face of bad behavior, the reasons in mefarshim are actually much more complex than shtikah kehodaah. The residents of Schechem were already deserving of the death penalty for two other legitimate reasons before they even had a chance to verbally react. If amused wants to get mefarshim rendered correctly, he should try some other blogs whose authors are educated. The two reasons that escape FM's pontiff are Dinim deshiva mitzvos and hashkem vehargo. Maybe he can go beg mechila from his former Chabad mashpiyim and they can explain these concepts to him.

Shmarya, do you have vile underpinnings? Can I see them? I'm ever so bored.

DH - Thanks for the laugh! LOL!! I needed that!

Context, thank you. I know that good deeds are never for naught. One is rewarded for them and they are never canceled by the misdeeds of others!

Mefoar @ 3:30:
Gut gezugt.

Oops: I meant Mefoar @ 3:11...

Mefoar bacsi not batchi--The reason this site exists is to show how hypocritical the ultra religious are,they preach one thing and too many of them do the exact opposite,and this site tries to wake them up to their misdeeds.

Mefoar-By the way i am not unfortunate i have what i want am a millionaire and happy,you got my bio all wrong.

@amused: I really can't answer you based on Halaka....I mean, since I'm not a practicing Jewish person, I know nothing about Halaka, and given that it's Jewish law, per se, I don't see how it's relevant to life in the 20th century, but still and all....

....I think one reason that this blog showcases Haredi/Haredim/Frum misdeeds is that those communities hold themselves out as so much better than the so-called goyim, or non-ultra orthodox Jews. Everything that I have read about the ultra-orthodox indicates that they believe that they live better, believe better, are better than everyone who is not just like them....

....and then, when the Rubashkins, the Webermans, and now the Starks appear...your community is not simply silent about their misdeeds- both alleged and proven- but they are vehement that the the accusers are anti-semetic, that the defendants were railroaded, that the Judges were biased...

...and the whole reason that the person ended up wearing bracelets is somehow mysteriously overlooked, or attributed to anti-semitism.

Meanwhile, the rest of humanity are looked upon by your community as (more or less) dogs. Well, maybe not dogs, but not much better than dogs.

@amused: I misspoke above, I should have said
"....those communities hold themselves out as so much better than the so-called goyim, AND non-ultra orthodox Jews..."

And I'd like to add something else...speaking of Rubashkin, when he was convicted, my (hasidic) sister-in-law said, "How do we know it wasn't just anti-semitism"....which, frankly, I'm sure was a question both widely asked and deeply-felt in the hasidic/haredi/frum community.

Well, let me share with you a variant of what I told my sister-in-law:

When I was a young attorney, I went up against the US Attorneys' office not just once or twice, but several times. I can state from personal, real-life experience that they don't prosecute unless they have evidence. E-v-i-d-e-n-c-e.

Evidence that the guy, guys, or gal or gals did something bad. Sometimes WAY bad.

In the case I had that went to trial, my client went down. When the Judge sentenced him, the Judge sentenced him based on the jury's verdict- which was based upon the evidence that the prosecution presented.

Long story short: It's not anti-semitism that leads to people like Rubashkin and Weberman going to jail. It's evidence that they broke the laws of this country.

But then your community 1) howls and screams anti-semitism, 2) lionizes these men, 3) accepts their charity, and then continues to believe - and convince their flock to believe- that they are better than the so-called goyim, and better than all Jews who don't live the ultra-orthodox life.

Pretty disgusting and hypocritical, for what my opinion is worth.

Mr. Barron, thanks very much for taking the time to write all this. You say you are not Orthodox and I am going to guess that you have no real experience with the many Orthodox communities yet, you speak in such blanket statements about our communities... Yes, we are not perfect, but forgive me if I don't quite care for the way you put it. I live in this community and there are many of us here and a good deal of us are independent thinkers. I invite you to come into the communities and spend quality time. Then, I wonder if you might word your thoughts a little differently.

@amused: I was raised Modern Orthodox, but as you have probably guessed, I've left that behind. But I visit my family in Baltimore, MD, twice a year for Rosh Hashana and Passover.

A number of my relatives- both on my father's and mother's side- embraced the frum lifestyle, and I visit them as well during my trips.

So yes, I do spend "quality time" with some people in the frum community.

And don't get me wrong- I am certain- using not only my (hasidic) family members as an example- that a very strong majority of that community are in fact law-abiding, hard-working, decent human beings.

It's the members of your community that 1) aren't that way, and 2) those in your community who apologize for it, cover it up, or try to discredit the accuser or the judicial system....that kind of rubs me (and a few other folks) the wrong way.

Mr. Barron, thank you again for taking the time to write. I would like you to know that I am bothered by what you mean when you refer to "your community" when you have no idea which community I belong to. To be quite honest, I have lived in several communities of different persuasions. I reiterate, you will find many independent minded people in all communities. And, I too am certain "that a very strong majority are in fact law-abiding, hard working, decent human beings."

"... thousands of wonderful acts performed by upright Jews throughout the world" ?

A) Yes, by Jews, not the grandchildren of Nazis who dress up as Jews and embarrass us?

b) How dare you compare these coprophiles, pederasts, bank robbers and slumlords with real Jews?

C) A Jew is defined as someone who lives modestly, by choice, and gives immodestly, by choice.

d) Rather than merely complain, how great would it be if Shmarya could set up a page exclusively for posting reports on OUR LOCAL slumlords? Surely you don't think that this particular poor example of humanity is the only one? Puh-leeze!

This blog is such a valuable tool for those who feel at least semi-helpless against several of the most organized criminal gangs in NY, no?

Thanks, Shmarya, keep going, Slugger, you rock!

Unfortunately there are many who port themselves as Jews that are fake while taking advantage of other needy Real Jews.
Hashem sees all that goes on and those that 'make believe' are only fooling themselves. Wearing appropriate dress, payiss and saying 'Baruch hashem' when asked a question is not the only making of a real jew.Ones actions and morals showa real jew.
Stark and Permutter were involved in schemes and sclack that was hidden by their dress and payiss. We've seen this type of behavior many times in history by Mafia,Dictators,thieves etc.

Dishonest is dishonest!! This has nothing to do with religion. Its unfortunate that Jews are sometimes vulnerable, however we are mortals and temptation is always there.
Some can resist while others fall prey unto evil.
It appears that the wrong doings of these individuals leaves alot to be discovered.
Unfortunately the Goyim look for the Jews short comings to pounce and bring shame. Those that comit these type of crimes are not representative of the entire community.
The one thing I will say is that we're seeing alot more dissention among the ranks

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